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Name: Deimosian

Type: Agglutinative

Alignment: Word order

Head Direction: First

Number of genders: None

Declensions: No

Conjugations: No

Nouns declined
according to
Case Number
Definitiveness Gender
Verbs conjugated
according to
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect
Gender Cases Numbers Tenses Persons Moods Voices Aspects
Verb No No No Yes No Yes No No
Nouns No No Yes Yes No No No No
Adjectives No No No No No No No No
Numbers No No No No No No No No
Participles No No No No No No No No
Adverb No No No No No No No No
Pronouns No No No No No No No No
Adpositions No No No Yes No No No No
Article No No No No No No No No
Particle No No Yes Yes No No No No


SettingEdit

Deimosian is spoken on Deimos, the outer moon of Mars. In the story, Deimosians were a zenophobic isolationist group living in a Martian colony. These isolationists emigrated to the uninhabited Deimos en masse in order to form an exclusive, insular culture. They constructed a language to discourage communication with others.

Keep in mind this is a story of a video game, so it's a bit of a stretch.

Some time later, this society evolves into a kingdom, with a wealth and beloved royal family. The language makes a transition from a method of isolation to a matter of significant pride. However, the kingdom proves to be quite troublesome to the rest of the solar system.

PhonologyEdit

ConsonantsEdit

Bilabial Labiode. Dental Alveol. Postalve. Retrofl. Palatal Velar Uvular Pharyn. Epiglot. Glottal
Plosives b p t g k
Affricates ts ch g
Fricatives v f s sh h
Lateral Fricatives ll
Lateral Affricates
Nasals m n ng
Trills
Flaps / taps r
Glides Approxim. r
Lateral Appr. l
Co-art. approx.

VowelsEdit

Front Near front Central Near back Back
Close u
Near-close
Close-mid i
Mid o
Open-mid e
Near-open a
Open

PhonotacticsEdit

Deimosian does not use a great variety of vowel sounds, and will avoid ending a word with any vowel other than "e". It is, however fond of consonant clusters, with as many as four sounds, as in the word Qatske. Also, I can't figure out how to add this to the template, but Deimosian uses a lateral or laminal click (I'll decide which later) which is denoted by the "q". Deimosian is rhythmic, but not necessarily sing-songy. Stresses usually fall on the first syllable with no secondary stresses, unless there is an affix with more than one syllable in which case a secondary stress will fall on the final syllable. For example, Iaojengai = Iao-jeng-ai.

Also note that this language has no post-alveolar affricates or fricitaves, but instead has alveolo-palatal sounds.


Basic GrammarEdit

One of Deimosian's more unique features is it's lack of true adjectives. If you want to describe something in this language, you will usually have to resort to saying that something "is" something else, but only in a particular way. For example, to say that something tastes sweet, you would say, Om jerektsennarau, or "It is a flower in the way that it tastes." Jerektsen in this case meaning flower, and the suffix -narau, meaning in flavor.

Prepositions are also suffixes. The most frequently used of these is -ne, which means to, in, and at. For more specific relative locations such as inside of, towards, and on top of, there are more specific suffixes. For example, the sentence I lehne Deimosne, could mean "I'm going to Deimos" or "I'm moving around within Deimos." Most of the time, context would resolve this, but where more specificty is desired, you can say, I lehne Deimossrang" which means "I'm moving toward Deimos."

Deimosian also lacks a word for "and". In cases where "and" would usually be used, such as, "eggs, milk, and cheese", these items would simply be listed with tone indicating their connection. However, the lack of "and" creates a fatal confusion with prepositions. Without "and", certain distinctions we take for granted are totally lost. If I say, "The book is on a table, on a table", it's a safe bet I mean, "The book is on a table which is itself on another table". But for Deimosians who have no "and", the sentence could mean, "The book is on a table, and also on another table." And because of the fact that Deimosian avoids inflection like the plague, this kind of scenario would appear all the time.

In order to show the recursion of prepositions onto another, a sequence of recursive prepositions take a sequential vowel change. The second version of the sentence, in which the book is on two tables would read, "Keining behtrentsing, behtrentsing." In order to say what we really want to say, the second preposition, which is recurring onto the first, will change from "tsing", to "tseng". "Keining behtrentsing, behtrentseng".

Another example, "The language of the people of Deimos" would be "Ti, Jiahdireldve, Deimosdvo.

The order of vowel sounds is always I, E, O, A, U. So if the final vowel sound is, U, it will become I, then E, and so on. If the final vowel sound is E, it becomes O, etc. This applies even if the prepositional affixes are different and have different vowels.

DictionaryEdit


No. English Deimosian
1II
2you (singular)Je
3heOm
4weIrel
5you (plural)Jerel
6theyOmrel
7thisOmi
8thatOma
9hereElih
10thereElah
11whoFol
12whatSke
13whereLleh
14whenQets
15howTsain
16not-tse
17allDiorn
18manyContionary_Wiki
19someContionary_Wiki
20fewContionary_Wiki
21otherContionary_Wiki
22onePia
23twoLe
24threeYoh
25fourJie
26fiveOai
27bigKangpeira
28longContionary_Wiki
29wideContionary_Wiki
30thickContionary_Wiki
31heavyContionary_Wiki
32smallContionary_Wiki
33shortContionary_Wiki
34narrowContionary_Wiki
35thinContionary_Wiki
36womanContionary_Wiki
37man (adult male)Contionary_Wiki
38man (human being)Contionary_Wiki
39childContionary_Wiki
40wifeContionary_Wiki
41husbandContionary_Wiki
42motherBrautsel
43fatherPrahtsel
44animalRiel
45fishContionary_Wiki
46birdContionary_Wiki
47dogContionary_Wiki
48louseContionary_Wiki
49snakeContionary_Wiki
50wormContionary_Wiki
51treeContionary_Wiki
52forestContionary_Wiki
53stickContionary_Wiki
54fruitKravle
55seedContionary_Wiki
56leafContionary_Wiki
57rootContionary_Wiki
58barkContionary_Wiki
59flowerJerektsen
60grassContionary_Wiki
61ropeContionary_Wiki
62skinContionary_Wiki
63meatContionary_Wiki
64bloodContionary_Wiki
65boneContionary_Wiki
66fatContionary_Wiki
67eggContionary_Wiki
68hornContionary_Wiki
69tailContionary_Wiki
70featherContionary_Wiki
71hairContionary_Wiki
72headContionary_Wiki
73earContionary_Wiki
74eyeContionary_Wiki
75noseContionary_Wiki
76mouthContionary_Wiki
77toothContionary_Wiki
78tongueContionary_Wiki
79fingernailContionary_Wiki
80footContionary_Wiki
81legContionary_Wiki
82kneeContionary_Wiki
83handContionary_Wiki
84wingContionary_Wiki
85bellyContionary_Wiki
86gutsContionary_Wiki
87neckContionary_Wiki
88backContionary_Wiki
89breastContionary_Wiki
90heartContionary_Wiki
91liverContionary_Wiki
92drinkContionary_Wiki
93eatKauhne
94biteContionary_Wiki
95suckContionary_Wiki
96spitContionary_Wiki
97vomitContionary_Wiki
98blowContionary_Wiki
99breatheContionary_Wiki
100laughContionary_Wiki
101seeSralne
102hearContionary_Wiki
103knowQione
104thinkTsohne
105smellContionary_Wiki
106fearContionary_Wiki
107sleepContionary_Wiki
108liveNeiane
109dieContionary_Wiki
110killContionary_Wiki
111fightNihne
112huntContionary_Wiki
113hitContionary_Wiki
114cutContionary_Wiki
115splitContionary_Wiki
116stabContionary_Wiki
117scratchContionary_Wiki
118digContionary_Wiki
119swimContionary_Wiki
120flyContionary_Wiki
121walkContionary_Wiki
122comeContionary_Wiki
123lieContionary_Wiki
124sitContionary_Wiki
125standContionary_Wiki
126turnContionary_Wiki
127fallContionary_Wiki
128giveContionary_Wiki
129holdContionary_Wiki
130squeezeContionary_Wiki
131rubContionary_Wiki
132washContionary_Wiki
133wipeContionary_Wiki
134pullContionary_Wiki
135pushContionary_Wiki
136throwContionary_Wiki
137tieContionary_Wiki
138sewContionary_Wiki
139countContionary_Wiki
140sayTine
141singIaone
142playContionary_Wiki
143floatContionary_Wiki
144flowContionary_Wiki
145freezeContionary_Wiki
146swellContionary_Wiki
147sunContionary_Wiki
148moonContionary_Wiki
149starContionary_Wiki
150waterContionary_Wiki
151rainContionary_Wiki
152riverContionary_Wiki
153lakeContionary_Wiki
154seaContionary_Wiki
155saltContionary_Wiki
156stoneContionary_Wiki
157sandContionary_Wiki
158dustContionary_Wiki
159earthAllmos
160cloudContionary_Wiki
161fogContionary_Wiki
162skyContionary_Wiki
163windContionary_Wiki
164snowContionary_Wiki
165iceContionary_Wiki
166smokeContionary_Wiki
167fireContionary_Wiki
168ashContionary_Wiki
169burnContionary_Wiki
170roadContionary_Wiki
171mountainContionary_Wiki
172redContionary_Wiki
173greenDrek
174yellowContionary_Wiki
175whiteAhtsr
176blackContionary_Wiki
177nightContionary_Wiki
178dayContionary_Wiki
179yearContionary_Wiki
180warmContionary_Wiki
181coldContionary_Wiki
182fullContionary_Wiki
183newContionary_Wiki
184oldKangneiadve
185goodMerle
186badContionary_Wiki
187rottenContionary_Wiki
188dirtyContionary_Wiki
189straightContionary_Wiki
190roundContionary_Wiki
191sharpSkahdepeira
192dullContionary_Wiki
193smoothContionary_Wiki
194wetContionary_Wiki
195dryContionary_Wiki
196correctContionary_Wiki
197nearContionary_Wiki
198farContionary_Wiki
199rightContionary_Wiki
200leftContionary_Wiki
201at-ne
202in-ne
203withContionary_Wiki
204andContionary_Wiki
205ifContionary_Wiki
206becausebell
207nameQil


Example textEdit

Om antreadtsene vereilnih.

That will cause a paradox.

Qatskeleh sraine oalkne palqatskene.

Time travel requires the bending of space time.

I lehne deiqatskesrang.

I'm returning to the present.

Oma qatskejedrik kenr, prael ome kenetse.

That timeline doesn't exist anymore.

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